Land Platforms

DVD 2014: UK Challenger 2 LEP numbers may drop

26 June 2014
The number of Challenger 2 MBTs to receive an upgrade may drop from the UK's currently planned 237. Source: IHS/Patrick Allen

Final numbers of BAE Systems Challenger 2 main battle tanks to go through a life extension programme (LEP) may dip from the current envisaged 227 vehicle total to keep the project within budget.

It is hoped to formally launch the project early next year when initial gate approval is scheduled to be given by UK government ministers, according to Colonel Nick Hunter, Deputy Programme Leader, Armoured Vehicle Programmes at the Defence Equipment & Support (DE&S) procurement organisation.

"The intention is to convert 227 tanks, but that depends on what is affordable" said Col Hunter, who said there was still an enduring requirement for main battle tanks. "Nothing quite replaces it", he added.

The LEP focuses on finding ways of replacing obsolete components, many of which have gone out of production. Col Hunter said, although the army had looked at installing new capabilities, such as new main armament and ammunition, this has had to take a back seat.

"We intend to use same cannon and ammunition," he said. "The fiscal climate does not allow us to go to a smooth bore [main armament], but there is appetite for that. What's affordable to do is a different matter."

Col Hunter confirmed that the intention of DE&S to run a competition for the programme. "We have a credible route to drive competition into the programme," he said.

According to Col Hunter, final numbers for the Challenger 2 LEP programme would depend on decisions by the army's newly established capability branch at Headquarters Army at Andover, Hampshire, which last year received new delegated powers to manage the services equipment procurement and support budgets.

He said the capability branch was still in the process of finalising its requirements and budgets for all major vehicle fleets over the next decade.

The final numbers of Warrior Capability Sustainment Programme would be set next year, he said. This was also the case with the newly launched armoured battlefield support vehicle, wheeled utility vehicle and multi-role protected - vehicle projects.

Related articles:



(361 words)
By posting a comment you confirm that you have read and accept our Posting Rules and our Terms of Use of this site.

RELEVANT PROFILE LISTINGS

  • BAE Systems, Land & Armaments 155 mm/52-calibre International Howitzer

    Type Artillery Upgrades Development Based on its experience in the design, development and production of 957 155 mm/39-calibre M109A6 Paladin Self-Propelled Howitzers (SPH) for the US Army, BAE Systems, Land & Armaments developed a new version for export only, called the International

  • BAE Systems, Land & Armaments M109A7 Paladin Integrated Management (PIM) 155 mm self-propelled howitzer

    Type Artillery Upgrades Development The US Army has taken delivery of a total of 975 155 mm M109A6 Paladin 155 mm self-propelled howitzers which are all conversions of older systems. Details of this are provided in a separate entry in IHS Jane's Land Warfare Platforms: System Upgrades. It was

  • BAE Systems, Land& Armaments M109A6 155 mm Paladin self-propelled howitzer

    Type Artillery Upgrades Development Following the demise of the Divisional Artillery Support Weapon System (DASWS), a number of companies were involved with the M109 related project known as the Howitzer Extended Life Programme (HELP). This programme eventually merged with the M109 Howitzer

  • Curtiss-Wright Antriebstechnik Flick Ramming Drive

    Type Artillery Upgrades Development This flick rammer has been developed as a private venture by the now RUAG Defence and Curtiss-Wright Antriebstechnik. The Flick Ramming Drive has been developed for use with medium and heavy calibre artillery systems to increase the rate of fire, and achieve

  • Denel Land Systems 155 mm/52-calibre T6-52 turret

    Type Artillery Upgrades Development Based on their extensive experience in the design, development and production of a variety of towed and self-propelled 155 mm artillery systems, Denel Land Systems have developed, as a private venture, the 155 mm/52-calibre T6-52 turret system. This was shown

ADVERTISEMENT

Industry Links

IHS Jane's is not responsible for the content within or linking from Industry Links pages.
ADVERTISEMENT